Proud to Testify for Freedom to Marry

The Huffington Post
January 25, 2010

Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, says that he took pride in testifying against Proposition 8: "Through conversations with friends and supporters in 2007, I realized that my position was inconsistent with one of my core principles as a police officer and as mayor, which is that every community deserves to be treated with equal dignity and respect." [Link]

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Prop 8 Trial Witness: Being Gay Not a Choice

The Associated Press
January 25, 2010
University of California, Davis researcher Gregory Herek was called as the final expert witness for the plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 trial Friday and testified that sexual orientation cannot be changed. The point is central to the plaintiffs' effort to show that gays deserve the same judicial protection as racial and ethnic minorities. [Link]

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Prop. 8 foes tell court why they see measure as unconstitutional

Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2010

Challengers of the 2008 California ban on the freedom to marry concluded testimony Friday after calling multiple witnesses to define homosexuality, marriage and the role religion has played in prejudice. Supporters of Proposition 8 will put on their case beginning Monday. [Link]

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Prop 8 Trial, Day Eight

Pam's House Blend
January 22, 2010

NCLR's Shannon Minter blogs about the eighth day of the Proposition 8 trial and discusses testimonies from Dr. Hak-Shing William Tam and Professor Gary Segura. [Link]

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Freedom to Marry Backers See Hostile Intent in Ban

The Wall Street Journal
January 22, 2010

Much of the focus by the pro-marriage equality plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 trial has been on the discrimination that gay and lesbian people face, especially in politics and religion. David Boies: "Every citizen has the right to decide for themselves what is moral, but no group of citizens has the right to discriminate against a minority." [Link]

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Official Prop. 8 Proponent Claims Freedom to Marry Can Harm Children

Los Angeles Times
January 22, 2010

An official proponent of Proposition 8 testified at a federal trial Thursday that he was involved in disseminating claims that marriage equality could cause children to become gay and spark legalization of sex with children, incest and polygamy. [Link]

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Videos: Two withdrawn witnesses for Supporters of Prop 8

YouTube
January 20, 2010
This week, the pro-Prop 8 side withdrew two people, Paul Nathanson, Ph.D. and Katherine Young, Ph.D, from their federal trial witness list, supposedly because of cameras in the courtroom though video of their depositions seem to indicate the witnesses would not have aided the case for the freedom to marry. [Link]



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Federal Worker Sues for Health Benefits

The Associated Press
January 21, 2010

Karen Golinski, a lawyer for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, is suing the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for failing to provide health care benefits to her partner, who she married in California. [Link]

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Prop. 8 Challengers Highlight Religion’s Role in Anti-Gay Campaign

Los Angeles Times
January 21, 2010

The pro-freedom to marry plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 trial focused on religion in Wednesday's proceedings, with documents that indicated significant involvement of the Mormon and Catholic churches in the passage of Proposition 8, including an e-mail that praised the Mormon church for providing "financial, organizational and management contributions" for the measure. [Link]

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Freedom to Marry Ban Backer to Be Hostile Witness

The Associated Press
January 21, 2010

Hak-Shing William Tam, a proponent of California’s freedom to marry ban, who warned that gay rights activists would try to legalize sex with children if Proposition 8 did not pass, is expected to be called as a hostile witness Thursday for two couples suing to overturn the measure. [Link]

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